Uniform and dress of the army of the Confederate States
"Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1861, by Blanton Duncan"--T.p. verso
Publisher Richmond [Va.] : C.H. Wynne, printer
Call number 71200908405644
Digitizing sponsor The Institute of Museum and Library Services through an Indiana State Library LSTA Grant
Book contributor Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection
Collection lincolncollection; americana
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"General orders, no. 9."
Lithographic plates drawn by Ernest Crehen, Richmond, Va.; the lithographic printing by P.L. Valory, Petersburg, Va
Contains fifteen large lithographs of soldiers standing in landscapes, showing generals and other staff officers, all ranks of cavalry, artillery and infantry, their swords, rifles, drum and bugle, their tunics, trousers, hats and overcoats, plus buttons, badges and chevrons
Bound in marbled boards, with leather spine and corners; front cover detached
Large printed label from original boards laid down on flyleaf, and inscribed: J.R. Carson, Office Quartermaster Genl., Richmond, Va., 1864
Handwritten signature in ink: John O. Nicholson, 3-27-1874
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January 24, 2011
A useful Civil War compendium for those who wish to become more familiar with Confederate dress codes and insignia.
This Confederate compendium from 1861 will be particularly useful to anyone who wishes to become more familiar with the dress codes of the Confederate Army. Particularly so for those who are familiar with or use the LOC (Library of Congress) collection of Civil War photographic prints and plates, http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/cwp/, yet who still may have difficulty in recognizing the ranks of officers and enlisted men depicted within the photographs.
This short but well present book consists essentially of three parts; a written section with explanations followed by lithographic line sketches that outline the dress codes for the different branches of the Army--Staff, Artillery, Cavalry and Infantry, and finally a few pages of drawings of Chevrons, Badges and Buttons indicating the different ranks.
I am surprised at the high quality of its presentation--it's certainly better than the US technical/field manuals, (TM/FMs), from WWII. It ought to be a useful and popular reference in this 150-anniversary year.
BTW, I've yet to come across the Union equivalent.